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A new EU vehicle testing system aimed at preventing any repeat of the VW emissions scandal has been unveiled by West Midlands MEP Dan Dalton. Mr Dalton's report, presented to the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee today, proposes a rigorous programme of assessment and market surveillance by individual countries to be policed by other countries through peer review. The European Commission would oversee the process, checking the performance of national authorities every three years and having the power to take action against those that do not meet the required standards.

Tesco has revealed over 1.5 billion single-use carrier bags have been saved by Tesco customers in England since the introduction of the Government bag charge a year ago. The figures represent an incredible 72% fall in the use of single-use plastic bags being used in Tesco stores. Tesco customers shopping on have also dramatically reduced the number of bags they use, with 57% of online shoppers selecting 'bagless' deliveries.  

The line-up of Mentors for the third Women in Travel Meetup at World Travel Market London (WTM London) 2016 has been announced. Group mentoring sessions will take place over one hour on the second day of WTM London, Tuesday 8th November 2016, in the context of the Women in Travel Meetup, the international event for women in travel by women in travel. Dedicated space and up to 5 mentoring tables will be made available between 2.45 and 3.45 pm in Platinum Suite 4.

A delegation from the City of Wolverhampton Council is heading to China after forging international links during Wolverhampton Business Week. The city hosted Civic and business leaders from Anqing last week where they were shown around the i54 site, Tata Steel in Wednesfield, and Marston’s Brewery in the city centre, before also attending a number of Business Week events whilst also meeting with city business leaders.

Birmingham’s business community today threw its weight behind the city’s bid to stage the Commonwealth Games in 2026. The city announced that they had decided to officially enter the race to host the Games and those looking to bring the global sporting event to the city are calling on the entire region to get behind the bid.

Andy Street claimed the Tories need only a four per cent swing in their favour to win the West Midlands Combined Authority mayoral elections next year when he launched his campaign at the opening day of the Conservative Party conference at the ICC in Birmingham yesterday. The former chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership set out his campaign priorities around transport, skills, housing and jobs and challenged his opponents to debate with him. 

History was made as Wolverhampton set about establishing an official city partnership with Anqing in China. As part of Wolverhampton Business Week, senior figures from the city council hosted their Chinese counterparts at a Civic Centre reception.City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Roger Lawrence, and Anqing Municipal People’s Government Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Ye, put pen to paper on a ‘Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing a City Partnership through friendly discussions’.

Qatar Airways and British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), has announced a joint business agreement that will come into effect on 30 October 2016. The joint business will benefit customers by offering a wider choice of flights, an enhanced network, greater choice of fares and superior benefits for members of their frequent flyer programmes.

Wolverhampton residents are once again being asked to make a positive change in their street, community and city. Make:Shift – the ideas forum – is this year celebrating its fifth anniversary. The free event will take place on Saturday, October 15, at The Old School, 73 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 3BY, between 10am and 4pm. Last year more than 60 people from across the city shared their thoughts on how to ‘Change Wolverhampton with an idea’.

Black Country Chamber of Commerce has selected Patron-member Paycare as the next Member of the Week, after a period of very significant success for the organisation. Member of the Week is a Black Country Chamber initiative to celebrate the great work that our members are doing and to highlight the success stories in the local area.

Brightline marked completion of its station structure in West Palm Beach station during a “topping out” ceremony today. City and County Commissioners, along with community leaders and representatives from Brightline and Moss & Associates, the construction company that is building the station, were in attendance. The ceremony signaled the completion of the station structure and a shift toward interior outfitting and finishing efforts.

Birmingham Airport has jumped on board with a new children’s literature project that aims to empower children across the world, working with local author and businesswoman Alison Delaney, founder of Little Bird. Through this exciting initiative, Birmingham Airport is helping children expand their imagination and reach their full potential through Dreams Workshops.  Every child at Yorkswood Primary School in Kingshurst, North Solihull, a school close to the airport and part of the UNITY Trust Collaborative, receives a copy of the book as a key resource within the workshop.

Next week will see the staff of Wolverhampton based Charter Court Financial Services (CCFS) put on their running shoes as they take part in the 2016 Great Birmingham Run. The team of 38 runners from the business will be vying to record the quickest team time and the chance of topping the table and collecting the Business Challenge Trophy at the event sponsored by the Birmingham Post.

A report carried out by Albion Econimics has revealed that almost 27,000 people will be working on HS2 by 2020 - while the new project could deliver up to 9,000 apprenticeships. The independent report, published by High Speed Rail Industry Leaders, has analysed contracts already issued by HS2 Ltd, the programme for the coming years and roles throughout the supply chain.

Deutsche Bank’s Beth Farminer is toasting a double success – after being crowned the Future Face of Greater Birmingham and the Future Face of Professional Services. She received her awards at the second annual dinner for Future Faces - the young professionals’ arm of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce – at Edgbaston Stadium on Friday night.